Trump Tariff and Ocean Carriers

Will Trump’s New Tariff Strategy Send Ripples to the Ocean Carriers?

Charles Popick Newsletter

When assessing the current and future state of United States-bound retailer container shipments, there is a short-term outlook and a long-term outlook, based on the findings and takeaways of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) The short-term: focus has to do with the timing of the Lunar New Year, which ran from February 16 to …

Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation logos

Is the Truck Load Industry Looking at More Merges, Like Ocean Freight?

Charles Popick Newsletter

The biggest truckload carrier in the United States is growing by 400 trucks with a tuck-in acquisition that it says will immediately add $100 million in revenue and, just as importantly, 400 drivers to its fleet operations. Phoenix-based Knight-Swift Transportation says it is buying Richmond, Va.-based Abilene Motor Express for an undisclosed amount. It’s the first expansion since Knight Transportation …

Newgistics logo

Is There a New US Based Parcel Service Being Born in Front of Our Eyes?

Charles Popick Newsletter

Pitney Bowes Inc. took a big leap into the U.S. parcel shipping market by acquiring privately held Newgistics Inc., a provider of reverse and forward parcel shipping services, for about $475 million. The transaction, which has been the subject of industry rumors for several months, will merge Pitney’s formidable IT capabilities with Newgistics’ physical distribution network, which processes 100 million …

Onshore Nearshore Offshore

Is Nearshoring the Best Option for Your Company?

Charles Popick Newsletter

Offshoring – Outsourcing was the trend at the turn of the century. However, recent trending is pointing to a more close to home solution – Nearshoring. So, which one of these two options is a better choice for your business? Each solution is not as cut and dry as you may think and should be carefully considered depending on your …

CSX Rail Fees 2018

Is the CSX Announcement to Impose Hefty Fees on some Rail Customers in 2018 Justifiable?

Charles Popick Newsletter

Reuters reported that CSX Corp will charge new fees for freight shipments to Mexico and hike charges for customers that fail to load or discharge railcars by agreed deadlines or ship unsafely loaded or overweight railcars as of Jan. 1, the company said. Is this justifiable? Is this just another carrier imposing rate hikes? CSX wants to change shipper behavior …

2018 Calendar

CPC Predictions for 2018

Charles Popick Newsletter

Predictions for US Trucking, Parcel, Ocean Freight, and Air Freight Overall: The economy and the stock market are high flying in 2017. Also, there is global unrest as we end this year. US Truck drivers are aging, but some trucking companies are addressing this head on with their own truck driving academies vocational professions to costly 4 year degrees. Amazon …

LTL Freight

Will there be Major Changes with the LTL Market?

Charles Popick Newsletter

The LTL market has regained its health. Carriers are applying pricing discipline and resist the urge to expand capacity beyond fulfilling immediate shipper needs.The top three spots include FedEx Fright, XPO Logistics and Old Dominion, all non-unionized carriers. All three have seen a slight improvement in Operating Revenue ratios and increased earnings. The three carriers have forecasted improved forward earnings, …

FedEx UPS Rates

2018 UPS, FedEx Parcel Rates Increase

Charles Popick Newsletter, Shipping Costs

How much more will you pay? Rates rising anywhere from 2% to 13% FedEx and UPS announced their 2018 parcel rates effective January 1, 2018.  The range of increases within weight breaks and zones rose anywhere from 2% to 13%.  CPC has analyzed the impacts of the 2018 UPS rates and Fedex rates and has developed a tool to analyze any …

FedEx Fuel Surcharge 2017

Is There A Division in the Mighty UPS/FedEx Oligopoly?

Charles Popick Newsletter

Every year CPC analyzes the impacts of the yearly base rate increases and policy changes administered by FedEx and UPS. The first time in recent memory (Last 6 years) there are differences in the base rates (Besides 3 Day service) between FedEx and UPS. Additionally, there are differences in Express and Ground Fuel surcharges. Bottom-line: Competition between the largest Transportation …

Hanjin Cargo Carrier Ship

How to Keep the Shipping Industry Afloat

Charles Popick Newsletter

The global shipping industry is in trouble with international rates consistently low for the past five years. The combination of excess capacity and flat cargo growth has led to cruel price wars that have resulted in wonderfully inexpensive freight rates for exporters, but almost no profits for shipping lines. For some vessels, the current day rates are covering less than …